Christianity And Government Quotes by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Harry S. Truman, John Quincy Adams, John Adams, Calvin Coolidge and many others.
It is much to be lamented that a man of Franklin’s general good character and great influence should have been an unbeliever in Christianity, and also have done as much as he did to make others unbelievers.
The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and in-grafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man.
The fundamental basis of this nationвЂ™s laws was given to Moses on the MountвЂ¦If we donвЂ™t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people… it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
The legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions.
The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god.
The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.
I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!
Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
. . . Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty, may have found an established Clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just Government instituted to secure & perpetuate it needs them not.
History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.